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13 June 2009 @ 12:34 pm
Ay baba, in goh chist?!  
And of course, because there always has to be piss in the cornflakes: massive protests in Tehran as Ahmadinejad is declared the winner of Iran's presidential election by a landslide.

Take a look at the polling results leading up to the election, and you'll realize why everyone is pissed. He suddenly went from polling around 40% to winning 60% of the vote? Oh, and the Iranian news networks are suppressing coverage of the riots? Oh, and the police didn't let Mousavi (the highest-polling opposition candidate) give a press conference after the results were announced, as had been scheduled? Yeah, that sounds real fucking legit.

The one good thing that might come out of this is that the people might be pissed off enough to oust the current regime and those asstard mullahs. I can only hope that it isn't replaced by something worse, and that my family stays safe through all this.

ETA: Cell phone service has been completely shut off in Tehran, as has access to social networking sites. We think regular phone service might have been shut down as well. No word from family yet.

ETA 2: Power is now out in many parts of Tehran, for "grid repair" (pfft). Some people have been getting word out via illegal satellite hookups, so now the police are starting to crack down on those. There've been continued protests throughout the night. Mousavi has been placed under house arrest, and they might have arrested Khatami too (former president who's part of the same moderate movement). I've also heard that Tabriz (city in northern Iran) is under martial law.
sageblessing on June 13th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Miusheri: Laramiusheri on June 13th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
The paisley pattern was invented in Persia, during a period of Arab subjugation. It was a symbol of the Persian spirit: bent, but never broken.

There's only so much shit people will take before they say enough is enough. The regime fucked up big time by trying to fabricate a "mandate" for Ahmadinejad. I hope, I hope this is the start of positive change in Iran!
sageblessing on June 13th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
A certain Jesus Jones song and memories of news reports from Moscow in 1991 are ringing in my head... I wish we could see what this guy with the SAT phone connection is seeing!!!

Oh, and I'm loving paisley even more than before now ;)
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunter: Basketcat is pleasedamethyst_hunter on June 14th, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
The paisley pattern was invented in Persia, during a period of Arab subjugation. It was a symbol of the Persian spirit: bent, but never broken.

I wish I had something paisley so I could wear it as a symbolic show of support. :/ (Not that most people around here would get it, but still...)
Miusherimiusheri on June 14th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
If you have something green, that'll work! Mousavi's supporters are known as the Greens, and have been marching through the streets wearing green armbands.